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Election 2022: Astorga’s lead widens in Mount Angel City Council race

By Stephen Floyd

Incumbent Councilor Tony Astorga appears likely to win re-election to the Mount Angel City Council, according to election results published Nov. 18 by the Marion County Clerk’s Office.

Tony Astorga
Tony Astorga

Fellow incumbents Matt Donohue and Ray Eder secured re-election Nov. 8, with initial results placing them far ahead in a field of six candidates vying for three seats. The Nov. 18 update showed Donohue with 770 votes and Eder with 750 votes.

The race for third-place remained too close to call on election night, with Astorga ahead by a small margin over challengers Joseph Pfau and Justin Roney.

On Nov. 18, the Marion County Clerk’s Office published updated results with 542 votes for Astorga, 509 for Pfau and 412 for Roney. Mary Franklin remained in sixth place with 366 votes.

The last eligible ballots were received Nov. 15, including those allowed under Oregon’s new policy of accepting ballots postmarked by election day, so unless totals change due to signature discrepancies or other potential irregularities, Astorga stands to join fellow incumbents in sweeping the election.

Updated vote totals were scheduled to be released Nov. 23 and 30, with final certification expected Dec. 6. Current election results can be found at co.marion.or.us/CO/election.

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